Volunteers Needed – We Need Your Help

The Chamber of Commerce of the Moriches and the Downtown Beautification Organization are looking for volunteers with a green thumb. We have recently hung up our Summertime flower baskets along Main Street and we need help keeping them watered this season. Anyone interested in helping out should contact Gerry Sapanaro of Moriches Bay Realty at (631) 878-0003 to find out more.

We also are looking for folks to help out with a small planting project at the welcome sign on Montauk Highway leading into Center Moriches. We will be planting some ornamental grasses and flowers this Saturday, May 30th. Again, please contact Gerry Sapanaro at (631) 878-0003 for more details.

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2020 Spring Fair Cancelled

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be able to have our annual Spring Fair this year, and at this time we are not yet sure about the Fall Fair. If you have sent in an application with money please let us know if you want us to return it or hold it for the possibility of a Fall Fair.

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Free Ads in The Tide for All Chamber Member Businesses

The Chamber of Commerce of the Moriches is sponsoring a full-color centerfold ad in the June issue of The Tide of Moriches & Manorville where all member businesses can advertise their current status. Again, there is NO COST TO MEMBERS! Get your info to us by May 22nd and let your customers know how they can do business with you.

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Reopening New York & Additional PPP Funding

The “New York Forward” Plan

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office has published a PDF entitled “A Guide to Reopening New York & Building Back Better“. This is an important read for any small business owner as it help us to understand the state’s plans as we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and how it will affect our families and businesses. New York State has also put up a Regional Monitoring Dashboard that shows what areas are ready to reopen and what benchmarks need to be met by others.
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Town of Brookhaven Creates Emergency Micro-Enterprise Business Relief Grant Program

The Town of Brookhaven has received a Special Allocation of funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and has created an Emergency Microenterprise Business Relief Grant Program to help mitigate the economic hardships experienced by small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read on to learn more about this program and to download an application.

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Important Links for Business Owners During the COVID-19 Crisis

To assist our membership and any other small business owners and residents looking for information about assistance during the COVID-19 crisis we have compiled the following list of links. Some point to sites with other helpful links. Please note that much of this information is changing on a daily basis so links may change or disappear altogether. We will try to send updates as information changes or becomes available.

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SBA Loan Information in Response to the Coronavirus

Below is important information for all small business owners from the SBA regarding Coronavirus disaster loan terms and eligibility.

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Moriches Community Center Seeks Donations

As you are aware, we’re currently experiencing an international pandemic, COVID-19. To keep everyone safe, all Moriches Community Center programs and on-site fundraisers have been suspended for now. But the Knapp-Swezey Foundation is still honoring their 20th birthday with a generous dollar for dollar matching gift challenge up to $25,000!

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Important State & County COVID-19 Announcements

To all residents and business owners – in a recent teleconference with government officials, the Chamber of Commerce was issues several statements on the state and local government response to the pandemic, resources available to residents and business owners, and other useful information. Please take a moment to review this PDF.

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Saint Patrick’s Parade – POSTPONED!

The health and safety of the residents of our communities is, as always, the primary concern for the Chamber of Commerce of the Moriches. The Chamber wishes to assist in the prevention of the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and therefore both the St. Patrick’s Dinner Party, Friday March 13th, and the St. Patrick’s Parade, Sunday March 15th, are being POSTPONED. The new date is still undetermined. We will send communications once these events have been re-scheduled.

Please keep yourselves and loved ones safe in this time of uncertainty.

– Julie Pratt, President.

Any questions call our number 631-874-3849 or email us at .

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